Train campaign starts heading on a new track
By ALEX EASTON
RAIL lobbyist Karin Kolbe never wants to hear the words 'XPT' or 'commuter train' again.
Only days out from the first anniversary of the axing of the Northern Rivers train, Ms Kolbe said residents' memories of the XPT and a failure to understand what was meant by the term 'commuter train' had become the greatest barriers to the fight to restore rail services to the region.
So she and her fellow rail lobbyists in Northern Rivers Trains for the Future tomorrow will start a new campaign aimed at wiping those words from the Northern Rivers' collective consciousness.
Replacing them will be images of crowds at our train stations to catch a 'local passenger train service' to work, school, sport or play.
The campaign comes as fellow rail lobby group, The Tweed Rail Society, calls for changes to the design of the Tugun bypass to allow for an interstate rail corridor.
The Queensland Government has announced it will extend its Gold Coast passenger line to Coolangatta, allowing a rail corridor to be built alongside the bypass.
However, the rail society has said that would allow no scope to link the lines, with the path between the end of the NSW rail corridor at Condong and Coolangatta too heavily developed to get a new rail line through.
The Trains for the Future cam- paign will kick off at Lismore Train Station tomorrow morning with a photographic and film session of a virtual passenger train ? shorthand for passengers without the train.
The photographs, to be taken by The Northern Star, and film will be used by the lobby group in advertisements and postcards for the campaign.
So far, organisers had arranged for a mix of people in costume to join in the photo shoot, including children in school uniform, business people, disabled people and elderly people in bowls uniforms.
Also along on the photo shoot will be people carrying bulky items, such as large suitcases and surf boards, that would be difficult to get on to a bus.
Members of the public are welcome to join in. If you would like to take part, call Nick Casmiri on 6628 8568 or 0404 844 785.